AMN Reviews: Massimo Discepoli – The Right Place on the Wrong Map [Depth of Field]

Finding oneself in the right place by the lights of the wrong map may mean, by analogy, creating a particular kind of music that maps oddly onto its genre. This, fittingly enough, is the case with multi-instrumentalist Massimo Discepoli’s The Right Place on the Wrong Map.  (Full disclosure: Massimo and I collaborated on the recording An Eclipse of Images, and I have some releases on his netlabel.)

The Right Place on the Wrong Map is a follow-up of sorts to Parallax, Discepoli’s solo release of a few years ago. As with the earlier recording, the music on The Right Place falls recognizably within the genre of ambient music, but what sets it apart from much ambient music—what makes it map oddly onto ambient conventions–is its energetic drumming and attention to melody. To be sure, the pieces feature floating electronic soundscapes and slowly-moving harmonies, but these often serve to provide a sonic frame or context for energetic drumming or the development of contentful lines on tuned percussion or keyboards. The drumming adds substance without sounding intrusive or out of place; it works largely because Discepoli is an imaginative, creative drummer who can balance color against propulsion, and dynamics against the demands of expression. Likewise the melodies, played on vibes, piano and electric piano (or their digital doubles), elaborate and add nuance to the more nebulous electronic atmospheres.

This fine recording comes out on 8 January; it’s a good way to start 2019.

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Daniel Barbiero

Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

If, Bwana, Clara Nostra (CDR Echomusic)
Is a re-issue of an already obscure piece really a re-issue, when it only comprises ninety-nine copies? Literally, yes. But unfortunately we fear not enough eager listeners will have the chance to hear this frankly remarkable half-hour drone somehow created out of the mouths of four clarinets… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 11:13, 03 Nov 2009

Sil Muir, Sil Muir (Diophantine Discs)
Sil Muir is the brand-new ambient constellation consisting of guitarist Andrea Ferraris and veteran sound manipulator Andrea Marutti. Together they have conjured four grand, huge blocks of dark grey slate, while working away at them exposing every fissure and delving deep into each crack,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:09, 02 Nov 2009

Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs (Erased Tapes)
Elfen Icelander with gigantic, as-yet barely uttered talent. Ólafur Arnalds (b. 1987) has only been recording for a short while now, intent on bridging the gap between the pop audience and the classical one – like Englishman Max Richter, for instance. Optimistic, young Romantics, really. His… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 02:47, 29 Oct 2009

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X Avant New Music Festival

The X Avant New Music Festival takes place this week in Toronto.

Oct. 21-25 • The Music Gallery presents
X AVANT NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL:
“Convergence and Collaboration”
Generously supported by Celebrate Ontario

Inspired by ambient music forefather Brian Eno’s idea of “scenius,” the festival celebrates the notion of co-operation in modern music making, as opposed to the glorification of individual genius. In contrast with the stereotype of the solitary composer locked in his attic railing against the ignorant outside world, some of today’s most innovative music is forged out of communities — through co-operation, collaboration and unexpected convergences of mutual interests and ideas. The Music Gallery is grateful to Celebrate Ontario for their support of X AVANT.

X AVANT IV: Convergence & Collaboration will feature five days of world-calibre concerts, workshops and symposia, with visitors from Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, the US and UK. This year will also feature two high-profile concerts at an off-site venue: the larger-capacity SPK (Polish Combatants Hall), a 300-seat theatre, just up the street on Beverley, south of College.

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Wednesday, October 21 @ SPK
Cluster (Canadian debut!)
+ Hauschka with String Quartet
MG Presentation at SPK, 206 Beverley St.
8pm • $30/$25/$20

Thursday, Oct. 22 @ MG
Phantom Orchard (Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori)
+ Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble (CD release)
8pm • $20/$15/$10

Friday, Oct. 23 @ MG
Phantom Orchard
FREE workshop @ noon!

Friday, Oct. 23 @ MG
“Beats, Notes & Loops”: A Hip-Hop/New Music Summit
with: Nicole Lizee + DJ P-Love; Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Abdominal + InsideAMind
8pm • $20/$15/$10

Saturday, Oct. 24 @ MG
A New Way of Hearing: Music and Auditory Research
Co-presented with Array and SMART Lab
3pm • $20/$15/$12

Saturday, Oct. 24 @ SPK
Iva Bittová
+ Chris Cutler
with Antonin Fajt
MG Presentation at SPK, 206 Beverley St.
8pm • $25/$20/$15

Sunday, Oct. 25 @ MG (Fellowship Room)
X Avant: Convergence & Collaboration Symposium
More info TBA
3pm • FREE

Sunday, Oct. 25 @ MG
Start : Stop
Co-presented with Continuum Contemporary Music
8pm • $25/$15/$5

Note: Tickets on sale Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Music Gallery members can reserve tickets in advance at 416-204-1080
Tickets available online at http://www.ticketweb.ca

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Expo 70 at Metropolis Underground October 20

From Syracuse’s Metropolis Underground:

Expo ‘70 is the main driving improvisational essence of Justin Wright. Having started the project in Los Angeles in 2003, Wright has pushed his project to new levels, releasing a number of albums as cdr’s and 2 full-length albums. Expo ’70’s first album “Animism”, which debuted in 2007 on Kill Shaman, is an eclectic mix of krautrock, ambient drone, space exploration and minimal compositions. Comparisons range from Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel, A.R. & Machines, SunnO))) and Earth, but not directly sounding like any of those artists in their entirety.

Wright’s recent release “Black Ohms” on Beta-lactam Ring Records brings new life to the term drone. A world of sounds that catches the listeners subconscious and drifts them to alien lands and foreign terrain while maintaining a dreamlike quality with shifting melodies and moods. Mostly comprised of single guitar improvisations, Wright manifests rich textures and brooding low end passages full of energy that tend to sound like long synth compositions akin to early Tangerine Dream and early minimalist composers like Terry Riley.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Various Artists, Before We Melt (IVDT)
With the funny photo on the cover and the title chosen for this collection, it´s hard to know whether the idea around which this release revolves is to create flurries of “Arctic ambient”, to remind us about that Inconvenient Truth we´ve heard so much about, or to just have a nice winter lark. … [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 09:51, 13 Sep 2009

3 Seconds of Air, The Flight of Song (Tonefloat)
Belgian soundscaper Dirk Serries laid his serene Vidna Obmana project down several years ago in order to concentrate on darker and more obtrusive things as Fear Falls Burning. With 3 Seconds of Air, he would seem to be – consciously or not – retro-fitting a bridge between these two modes of thought… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:14, 13 Sep 2009

Celer, Discourses of the Withered (Infraction)
As Celer hove up onto the horizon as a seriously talented new source of fascinating ambient composition, the duo released two albums simultaneously on Infraction, one of the genre´s finest boutique labels. The late Danielle Baquet-Long played the strings and made the field recordings (mostly in… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:40, 12 Sep 2009

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Death In June – Lesson One: Misanthropy
Lesson One: Misanthropy is a rather bleak, yet creative & largely consistent compilation of very early Death In June material, which also has the added extra of a short DVD featuring the bands original line up when they performed a one off reunion in 1998.

Churner – Terminal Disorder
Terminal Disorder is a long form guitar & feedback piece that dips into roaring and frying noise textures, as well as more dramatic cinematic tone structures and the odd nod towards feedback engulfed doom or blacked metal matter and blacked ambient guitar texturing.

Blanketship – The Sound That Surrounds You/Klangwunder
This rather neat little package brings together two eps from turntable and sample manipulator extraordinaire Blanketship (aka Jared Blüm) who’s part of quirky, inventive and mostly always rewarding San Francisco based label/ collective Gigante Sound.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Teatro Satanico – Black Magick Block
Black Magick Block is a damned, often hypnotic and black occult merging of dense electronica, jack knife beats, industrial overload & noise matter- with the odd bizarre dip into camp theatrical meets butch electro pop here and there too; but always with prime evil and at times frightening grace.

Satan is My Brother – Satan is My Brother
Satan is My Brother is a provocative name which might lead one to believe that the listener is headed into dark and frightening terrain. The Cover is basic black, with a sticker bearing the name of the band and a vortex illustration. The CD-R is black, with a black bottom, and included in the disc sleeve is a black insert. There is no information about the band, recording location, or even a label designation. It makes for a very mysterious first impression. It’s intriguing then that the music included here is not particularly frightening at all. It has a few moments of creepiness, especially the spoken word snippets, which resemble invocations. It does project an heir of dread, a grainy Film Noir quality, which is also imbued with a Burroughsian other worldliness.

Final – Dead Air
Dead Air is the tenth full length release from Justin Broderick’s weighty & moody electronica, meets grim ambient, meets industrialized pounding project Final. It finds him offer up a more consistent, often dense & noise bound take on his sound; making this a rewarding mixture of barren dark almost sci-fied cinmatics and pressing often airless electro weight.

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